The Canon CanoScan CS8800F Flatbed Scanner is the best scanner that I have ever owned. Today, most folks do not buy stand alone scanners and prefer all in one machines, but I do highly recommend this scanner. I use it to scan old family photographs into digital copies for safekeeping and posterity. I think that is an important enough reason to purchase a stand alone scanner. In addition, the scanner is inexpensive and therefore will not cost you a lot of money to buy separately from any other similar machines you may have that also scan in addition to their other functions. The scanner is of excellent quality and produces excellent, quality scans that can be the be utilized to make copies and store digital copies. The only downsides are that the thing is slow and a bit bulky, but I will take that to be able to better preserve my family memories. Overall, I would recommend the Canon CanoScan CS8800F flatbed scanner to anyone at all!